… the core instincts of both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements are closer than each realizes
Our historically strong economy has masked a lot of national fault lines and we are seeing the consequences now of having been blinded by our once dominance in the World economy. There is little doubt in my mind that we evolved into a “big is best” society and this unfortunate mis-step is haunting us now.
Big corporations, big banks, big-box stores, big insurance companies, big media, big government, big military, big cities, and so on.
Feeding the Lions, so to speak, society collectively and happily turned away from self-governance and allowed a “new royalty” to emerge. We replaced Kings & Lords with greedy politicians and their equally greedy mega-corporate sponsors. No, I’m not professing an anti-local business sentiment. I’m begrudging an impossible to regulate mega-corporate, mega-financial sentiment.
As I’m reading a bit more history these days, I’m discovering many of the more astute founding fathers warned us about these dangers.
Grass-roots Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street members feel it, although they haven’t yet figured out that they’re in the same boat. Mostly blind rage right now, I believe. And, the Institutionalist’s have wasted no time taking advantage of this blind rage, they’re infiltrating these movements and blunting their real genius.
The genius of both movements is that in their hearts they instinctively know the citizens need to create a new declaration of independence, not to create a new country, but to reassert the citizens’ direct control over their government. Call it a Declaration of Self Governance! For me the inspiration for this new declaration of independence comes interestingly enough from America’s original struggle to break free of the King of England.
Where we once were servants to a master-King, we now owe our very souls to big banks, big government, big insurance companies, etc.
I’m convinced that both Democratic and Republican Party leadership are fronting organized efforts to distract us from our duty to self and duty to neighbor. We simply must squash the big bugs and take our lives back. To start this evolution to sane social policy we need to enforce an Affiliated with No Party requirement. In order to get our vote all political types must disavow Party. I’m saying we need a Constitutional Amendment outlawing any such affiliation or organization of Congress and the Executive.
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Credits: In the give and take of conversation with friends these thoughts found their way to the keyboard. Thank you Lona Tucker, Tim Ingle, Lynn Smith Loy and Lisa Williams. To date this is the most succinct and comfortable presentation I have scribbled. I’m reposting it here with the hope a wider audience will help bring even more clarity; that is, a challenge to develop and refine these thoughts. I can think of no other more important community-at-large project right now than to fix our governance so that we can then properly focus our efforts on the employment, housing, feeding, education and health care of each and every one of our fantastic neighbors.